Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cancer, Lies and Heartbreak.

Sad to read this story today. Sad because it must be agony for parents to lose a child, sad that it must be so painful to have hope snatched away from you, sadder still that there are ALWAYS people willing and able to prey on the distress and longing of others.

Dr Carmody was struck off the medical registrar in 2004. He faces 18 charges under the Larceny, Criminal Justice, Theft and Fraud Acts.
The charges allege that the former GP obtained money under false pretences in exchange for treatment.

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Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Not to prejudice the deliberations of the court, justice for this quack has been a long time coming.

11:45 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It certainly has.

11:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

This story makes me bitterly sad. And bitter. I lost someone very close recently to stomach cancer and I understand the raw obsessive need to grasp any straw that will offer hope. I spent hours on the internet researching every new drug trial worldwide. Anything that would give hope to the patient. In the end the miracle drugs Sutent and Gleevac did not work. The vile alien growth killed everything in its path. There is no miracle cure for cancer. The medics and scientists just have to continue researching and trying their best new drugs to hold it back. People exploiting sufferers and their families at their most vulnerable time in this cynical way should be publicly shamed and jailed. In fact, I think all untested alternative treatment should be outlawed. It is quackery, and takes shameful advantage of people.

11:53 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sorry for your loss Shebah. it's an insidious indiscriminate fucker of a disease, it really is.

12:49 p.m.  
Blogger sliabh said...

It is a shame Carmody (who is notorious in the mid-West, and who's practice is still in operation) can't be infected with something nasty himself...

12:59 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He should be infected with someone's foot up his arse.

1:07 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

If you were to replace 'foot' with 'septic AIDS cock' I couldn't agree with you more.

2:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus that really is disgusting. The poor child, that is the worst thing I’ve read in some time.

Me. Nonny.

2:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Aye. I take a fair amount of flak about my rabid hatred of all things woo- much of it deserved as I certainly pull no punches.
My hatred of Reiki, homeopathy, and all that horse shit people try to pass off as complimentary medicine is unbridled and ever lasting. People say it's harmless, but it is not. It's precisely this sort of thing that exposes it for the dangerous painful cheating scummy claptrap it really is. Lying to fucking people, offering them false hope taking their money knowing what you peddle is bollocks and prolonging their agony for your own gain... it is nothing more that down right cruel and people who do it ought to be called out on their fucking chicanery. Then bluunderbussed.

2:32 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

So do you believe all 'complimentary medicine' to be horseshit FMC?
I mentioned before that I believe some treatments can be useful, but certainly the fella in this case should die screaming.

2:44 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some things now, tee tree oil/lavender etc help but what that man did was horrendous. How could anyone do such an evil thing to a child.

Nonny

2:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Most of it Sheepie, certain things can be beneficial I suppose- acupuncture might be helpful for somethings, certain herbs and what not may help certain ailments, but by and large I'm ferociously skeptical.

2:59 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I'm all for complimentary medicine. That's when you go to the GP and s/he says, "No charge." Right?

And complementary medicine is when you go to a homeochakrapuncturist and they say, "That's a lovely haircut you have!" And charge you €85.

3:11 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Har, I am Jack's terrible speller.

3:14 p.m.  
Blogger sliabh said...

There is a site full of sad stories like this:
http://whatstheharm.net/

Too many of them are about Irish people.

3:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those fucking Romanians

4:15 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Horsewhip him and string him up.
There are enough predators in the world without having some in white coats.

4:40 p.m.  
Anonymous RandomNoise said...

Nothing gets me as angry as "CAM". Even the arogance implicit in the name - one of the tiumphs of enlightened man is scientific thought. If something is proven to work (even if we aren't sure why) then it is Medicine. If if donen't/isn't then it's not. No reason to use words like "alternative" or "complementary" - it's just a part of the swindle.

5:38 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

The worst kind of fraud is the fraud inflicted on somebody desperate. These poor parents must be out of their minds with grief. This doctor does not have his full complement of humanity.

Jesus, the pain of the parents doesn't bear thinking about.

6:49 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Aye, agreed. Random Noise.

Medbh, horse whipping's too good for them. But if we add rock salt to the blunderbuss we have a winner.

Sam, I know, that's waht gets me as well, the shattered hope. The bastard had no right offering them hope where none existed.

8:54 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

People whot give false hope are just cruel arseholes with twisted self esteem. People who give false hope and then charge for it should be...well I'm going with your blunderbussing idea, but can small nails be added?

10:42 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

For sure darling! And perhaps some broken glass?

Going to bed now, have just sat up watching The Birdcage with The Little Goth Kid. Huzzah for feel good films! I think I love Nathan Lane.

12:13 a.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

Oh, how I love that film.

12:57 a.m.  
Anonymous Ellie said...

"There is no miracle cure for cancer. The medics and scientists just have to continue researching and trying their best new drugs to hold it back. "
Sorry but there actually is a cure for cancer, it's just not able to be developed in Europe. Does anyone remember hearing about that melanoma case in the USA where FINALLY somebody saw the very obvious light and made monoclonal groups of T-cells from his own immune system kill the cancer? This also has the knock on effect of creating long term immunity to the cancer in question, so that those scary 5 years down the line recurrences are avoided. You effectively are left with antibodies to your tumour. There has been lots of similar work right here in Ireland, some that I know of on breast cancer, that cures the tumours and mets so effectively in mice that the first batch all died of tumour lysis syndrome! However, EU legislation is now preventing these trials from making their way to humans, so the only places these vaccines will probably be developed will be in the USA and Oz/NZ. In addition, there is no money involved-no expensive useless drugs to market-so of course unlikely ever to really see the light of day. Manipulating the immune system is obvious, and effective, but doesn't exactly generate revenue, and that appears to be what most people care about these days. Sorry to sound bitter and twisted.

6:06 a.m.  
Blogger sliabh said...

Ellie, if I know the case you are referring to what it was was one experimental treatment for one type of cancer. It still needs to be proved. And even then it is very very unlikely to work on anything other that a limited range of cancers. One of the things that we have learned about cancer in the last 30 years is that it is not one disease. As was said there is no miracle cure.

8:19 a.m.  
Anonymous Ellie said...

Sliabh, you are wrong there. The main reason cancer can kill and spread is its ability to evade the immune system. Once you remove that ability and, via stimulation of antigen presenting cells and subsequent activation of the acquired immune system, then all and any cancer can be targeted in this way, easily and effectively. Haematological cancers would for obvious reasons be the easiest to eradicate quickly.
Quite a lot of scientists and doctors know this-but there is NO way to get the technique out there, especially in Europe where one cannot administer the vaccine in human trials. Thank GOD the Yanks are finally doing it. There wasn't anything particularly special about the melanoma case, you know. It wasn't like targeted T cell therapy is ONLY going to work for that cancer and none other. The guy is alive, well and immune to his cancer 2 years on. Not really an experiment as such.
If we live long enough, our generation will likely see the introduction of this type of curative therapy and cancer will become a curable short term disease. However, people will have to want it. I mean they will have to campaign for it. And raise hell about funding for it. And everyone will need to know about it. If there is no public pressure to develop this in the future-then it will not happen. I can tell you all those involved in drug development etc, are interested in one thing-money and marketability and that's it.
It's not something that will be hugely marketable if there is not a serious public awareness and demand for it in the future as the techniques used are in themselves easily reproducible and not a new thing-hence no patent for anyone, and nothing to sell. Nothing anyone can really charge the earth for. But it is not a purely experimental thing and that attitude will have to go if it is to get out there. In fact, these techniques have been around for years. People, especially the medical profession, do not change their evidence based practices till new evidence comes to light. And this will not be able happen with the new legislation governing in vivo trials.

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